FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Author Ben Urwand will speak as part of Fairfield University's "Open VISIONS Forum–Espresso Series," discussing his book “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler" on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
After his lecture, Urwand will be joined in a discussion on-stage with Gavriel Rosenfeld, professor of history, and Philip Eliasoph, professor of art history and founder/director of Open VISIONS Forum.
"Ben Urwand's provocative book has generated heated discussion in the media about Hollywood's ‘collaboration’ with the Third Reich and reveals the great difficulty of balancing analysis and judgment in assessing the Nazi past," Rosenfeld said in a statement.
“The Collaboration” reveals the shocking bargain some Hollywood producers made during the pre-World War II years: To continue doing business in Germany after Hitler’s ascent to power, studios agreed not to make films that attacked the Nazis or condemned Germany’s persecution of Jews.
Urwand’s book includes a cast of characters ranging from notorious political leaders such as Joseph Goebbels and Hollywood icon Louis B. Mayer. At the center of the story is Hitler himself, who was obsessed with movies and recognized their power to shape public opinion.
Tickets, which are $12 each, are available through the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010, toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or at the Quick Center website.
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road.